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Celia's Journey

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  219 ratings  ·  39 reviews
The Strane family has it all figured out. They have a life they love in a world they have created for themselves that is filled with harmony and happiness and a touch of chaos too. Then a tragic accident stops their world on a dime. Peace is shattered. Everything is torn asunder as a child is lost—a son and brother—and those left behind are thrust into the darkness of grie ...more
Paperback, 306 pages
Published April 25th 2012 by CreateSpace (first published August 23rd 2010)
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I was both in love with and terrified by this book. A parent's worst nightmare, no doubt. But I think the author did an OUTSTANDING job portraying the feelings and inner struggles of the three characters... no small feat considering the three characters were all very different: a man, a woman, and a 10yo boy! Even though I've never had this particular experience (and pray to God that I never do), I read this book KNOWING that if that were me, I'd be feeling exactly the same way. And I know that ...more
WARNING: Have a box of tissues ready when you pick up this book! I am pretty sure there were tears in my eyes the entire time. I received a copy of this book through the Goodreads First Reads Program and based on the description, I had no idea what to expect. The main character, Lindsey, resonated with me from her first trip to the home improvement store through the last page. Because of that, I expected the book to be predictable, but it wasn't. I read the entire book from cover to cover becaus ...more
Alexis Jacobs
Heart wrenching, poignant, emotional –– this novel will suck you in from the first word until the very last. This story could be any of us -- a happy family who's life is shattered one afternoon when a 6-year-old boy is tragically killed in the grocery story parking lot. This book follows the grief and raw emotion felt by this family for almost 9 months. While this book is one of utter sadness, it is also a book of hope –– Hope that a family can survive one of the worst and most painful losses a ...more
The book shows the grief process in a realistic way from different perspectives. I liked being able to recognize each individual's moments of healing and change. It was an okay book.
Michele Whitecotton
This book was very well written. I can't say that I enjoyed reading it because it was very hard to read, but it was a very gripping story that stays with you. I am the mother of a 6 year old boy and my heart just broke for Lindsay with every passing page. I spent most of the book being very angry at Jerry. I'm sure losing his son was hard for him too, but it was so much harder on Lindsay and he should have been more understanding. If I lost my son, I couldn't imagine even getting out of bed ever ...more
A truly touching story that brings tears to your eyes as you read it. Jerry and Lindsey Strane seem to be truly enjoying the perfect marriage. Their love for each other knows no bounds and they have two wonderful boys, Adam and Max. Everything takes a turn when young Max dies after being struck by an automobile. Dealing with the grief of a child's death puts a serious strain on the Strane relationship and the family unit. Lindsey discovers she is pregnant and is trying to deal with her own grief ...more
Jessica Wirth
Great book! I loved how the chapters were according to the weeks Lindsey was pregnant. I enjoyed how the POV changed from character to character, nice to get insight and perspective from each family member. While this specific situation is not one that I can exactly identify with, the passion with which Muzik writes makes it easy to sympathize with each character - whether you agree with their choices or not your heart goes out to them. Without giving it away, I was very pleased with the ending! ...more
What a heartbreakingly beautiful novel. I was struck by the author's ability to capture the give and take of a great relationship between the Jerry and Lindsey. All of the characters were finely drawn and real. I came to love and care deeply for each person as they dealt with their grief and pain.

While reading this, I realized that ten years ago, I would not have believed that a couple could be so in sync and in love with each other, outside of fiction. But, having been blessed with a strong, lo
I won this book in the FirstReads contest. The beginning in the book was filled with a lot dialogue and not much look into the character's feelings, but once the incident takes place that triggers the rest of the plot, you can really feel what the characters are going through. The plot moves along nicely and makes you want to keep reading so you can find out what happens next.
Pauline Tilbe
I truly enjoyed this story. It starts out as a light, easy read. The characters are well written. I found myself in tears at several different points. The loss of a child creates such a whole in a family, Celia's Journey looks at that loss through the eyes of each member of the Strane family. It's raw, and it's real. I'm now off to read more by Heather Muzik!
I won this book through Goodreads Giveaways. I found this book to be a realistic portrait of a entire family in grief. Usually we see the parents point of view and not the sibling left behind. I liked that there was an ebb and flow to the recovery and how everyone had to dig deep down into themselves to come up with a definition of their family as it now stands.
The beginning of the book was kind of irritating because they seemed just too perfect and too happy. Feeling this way made me feel guilty because I should be happy for happy people. Haha... Boy the guilt intensified as I read their pain later. If you tend to cry, make sure to have tissue next to you. Great book! Be ready to celebrate the gift of life. :)
This book was very hard to put down.
The story of not just one persons journey through an unthinkable hardship but a family's journey together.
The book had me laughing and crying throughout the book.
Heather Muzik tells the story through every family members eyes.
I was hooked. I found myself reading into late hours of the night.
Loved it.
This had to have been the saddest book that I have read in a while. The description doesn't even prepare you for what this book is about. To say that it is heart wrenching doesn't even begin to describe it. But, it was a good book. One that made you cry and hold your loved ones a little closer after reading it. I will read it again.
This was a hard book to read - not because it was bad writing, because it was such a devastating story. Perhaps it hit me differntly now that I'm a parent, but it was just such heavy and heartwrenching stuff. I'm glad it ended on an positive note, and it wasn't much, but it was something.
This story was packed with emotion. I also like how the author gave each family members perspective through out the story. some authors would have ignored the kid in the story but she didn't and it really added to the emotional theme in the book. Loved it.
Won this book through Goodread's first read.

Wonderful book; I needed tissues through this one. At one point in the book I think I read a whole chapter with my hand over my mouth because I couldn't believe what had just happened.
Peggy Euteneier
Good exploration of the rippling effects of family tragedy and the healing power of love, but difficult to read also, since so much of it was "down."
Kristie Worrell
a fabulous find from a new author!! i loved this book and think you will too. a great story about love, loss, life and healing.
The book started slow, but once I got going, it was hard to put down. The book made me laugh and cry! Good book to read.
A look at how one family deals with loss and devastation. Will it destroy the family or can they over come it?
I really liked the storyline and the writing. I will read more by this author.
Hard book to read as a parent, so beware...however, great heartwarming story.
Kimmi Bailey
A very emotional book and well written. I had a hard time putting it down.
Carol Lowe
This book has it all tears, humor, believable characters! loved it
Read it in 3 days!! Cried, smiled, laughed!!
I keep going back and forth on my feelings for this novel. It was a quick read. As a mother, the topic was tough to stomach. I appreciate that author tackled it. I think she injected a lot of truth throughout, which I would imagine would be a comfort to someone who has gone through this tragedy. I don't think I enjoyed the book, though I did get sucked in by the interesting mix of death and life. I wasn't crazy about the characterization; it often felt a little fake and idealistic- like even the ...more
I received this book as part of the First Reads program. The writing seems to put the book in a quick, easy read category, though the subject matter--the loss of a child--is heavy. The book seemed to explore every possible upheaval that grief and mourning can do to a family, but I wasn't believing that it. The characters were a bit one dimensional and fell from one end of the spectrum (and out) too quickly--whether it be from grief to acceptance, loving support to anger--that their emotions felt ...more
I had no idea what this book was about when I started reading a few days ago. The story really gripped me and made me think too. I agree with other reviewers the writing is very strong and I enjoyed reading from each character's point of view. My only gripe was that Adams pov sounded way too adult sometimes but it wasn't enough to take a star. Good but very sad and yes hard to read story of a family's struggle with death and life.
Callie Norse
I enjoyed the book, although at times I felt some of the emotions felt by Lindsey were unrealistic. But, I haven't experienced this kind of loss, so I may be wrong. It is a good read, despite this.
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After a childhood spent living in various northern states--New Jersey for half of that (South Jersey, exit 4, to be exact)--she struck out on her own. First stop, Atlanta, Georgia. After attending GA Tech to study Industrial Engineering, she settled down in a small town outside the city where she has remained ever since. She keeps house for one husband, two sons, and a thankless dog (who she adore ...more
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